Category Archives: striped bass

Salmon Winding Down

Woman smiling and holding two salmon on a boat(Sept. 24, 2018 newsletter) – Opportunity still knocks for anyone looking for a final swing at the outstanding 2018 salmon season. The end is in sight, and the fish are still chomping with a solid fish per rod or better average over the past week aboard the Argo. The sizes are mixed, but nearly every trip a 20-pound slab finds itself in the box.

Most sessions are a slow to steady pick with bites coming at varied intervals and patience being a virtue. The season runs through the end of October and the weather has generally been quite cooperative. This week looks especially pleasant.

The Argo does have a rare open Saturday this week on September 29. The final month is the season does have some available weekends on the calendar. A Fleet Week day, Sunday October 7 is open for a fishing/Blue Angels combo.

Half-day trips in the bay have held up very well with halibut being the main course. The latest excursions have produced better than a fish per rod average, with some anglers going home with two or more some days.

Striped bass, which are usually going strong by now, seem to be on hiatus. Chances are this will change soon, with a mass migration into San Pablo, if not the main bay.

Fine ocean conditions make rock fishing a highly enjoyable experience. Bottom fish will become a primary target starting with the end of salmon, and continue through the end of December.

Crab season opens the first Saturday in November. The Argo will run rockfish/crab combos for the first couple weeks before the commercial season gets rolling, and then concentrate on the rockfish once the crab numbers dwindle.

An alternative to ocean fishing in November, and beyond, is anchoring for sturgeon and striped bass in San Pablo Bay. This will become a featured activity in December and carry on through the winter.

Bonanza Salmon

Salmon season opened with a bang, or should I say big “yahoo” as fish came flying over the rail. The bite may not stay hot for long, but the number of salmon, of varying sizes, is a very encouraging sign for not just this season, but next couple years. Currently the fish are working offshoreContinue Reading

Extra Special Bass

(May 17, 2018 newsletter) — Like the bay breeze, fishing success has seen its ups and downs this month. The highlight to date is a hefty white seabass weighing 65 pounds. For some unexplained reason more than the usual scattering of these prized fish are popping up in the bay this spring. Running across themContinue Reading

Halibut Outlook

(April 16, 2018 newsletter) — Halibut have overrun the thoughts of bay anglers in the past couple weeks. With catching ranging from good to not so inspiring some days, it’s a matter of being at the right place when they decide to bite. With fish spread throughout the system getting nibbled is often not anContinue Reading

Halibut Horizon

(March 20, 2018 newsletter) The Argo is just about ready to transition into the halibut mode, but not before putting the final touches on sturgeon and striped bass. The adage goes, “don’t leave fish to find fish,” and that is certainly the case right now. Our anchor fishing in San Pablo Bay is still outstandingContinue Reading

Stripers, Stripers, Stripers!

  (February 15, 2018 newsletter) If our trips were recorded on a vinyl record it would be repeating stripers, stripers, stripers. The beat goes on: Throughout January, and now mid-way through February, incredible bass catching is the highlight most days. The only element putting a damper on the bite is an occasional wind filled session. TheContinue Reading

Consistent Bites

(January 11, 2018 newsletter) – Welcome to the first Argo Not So Weekly Newsletter of 2018! The Argo is working a vein of striped bass that more resembles a Comstock gold mine than fishing in San Pablo Bay. The action at times is non-stop; otherwise it’s a steady pick. There are very few days thatContinue Reading

Winter Migration

(Nov. 30, 2017 newsletter) — The modus operandi has transitioned to a more sedentary delivery, but success is still predicated on attention to detail. With striped bass willing to bite, and sturgeon now on the prowl, the action is keeping anglers on the their toes in San Pablo Bay. Even on the sluggish tides, when theContinue Reading

Transition Time

(Oct. 24, 2017 newsletter) — Some days it’s a trickle, and other times the faucet is open wide as the 2017 salmon season winds down to the final week. Although everyday brings its own personality the overall action often results in a solid fish per rod with the majority commercial grade quality. The final dayContinue Reading

Transition Time

(March 14, 2017 newsletter) — The transition is just about upon us…After three months of quite successful upper bay sturgeon and striped bass chasing, it’s nearly time to reverse direction. The Argo is certainly not giving up on the upper bay, we’ve found solid action in the past week, but halibut will soon be callingContinue Reading